Category Archives: Summer

April vacation and Summer learning opportunities

Leadership and Public Speaking Workshop. Lumos is running a 2-day Debate Workshop during April Vacation Break. Your child will study public speaking, critical thinking, and leadership with experienced instructors. The class is lots of fun and very active – a good class even for shy or quiet kids. The class is open to students Grades 6-9. Register at camp.lumosdebate.com/workshop/

Lumos also offers a 2-week summer program that teaches all these skills and more! Get summer info at lumosdebate.com. Email info@lumosdebate.com or call 617-901-4564.

New Summer Program!

Service Stars Newton is running fun community-service based projects for kids entering grades K-5. The goal is to introduce children to local charities, show them how they can be involved, and develop empathy for others.

This program runs the weeks of August 13th and 20th. Sign up for full weeks, individual days, or half days! Email with any questions at servicestarsnewton@gmail.com. See the website for more information: https://sites.google.com/view/service-stars/home.

Einstein’s Workshop: Newton Summer Camp Discounts / Vacation Week Programs

Einstein’s Workshop Summer Camps provide a wide range of STEM programming for children in grades K-9 at their Newton (Zervas) and Burlington locations.

Register for the Newton camp by April 1st to take advantage of a 10% early bird discount and refer a friend by May 1st for an additional 10%. For more information or to register, please see www.einsteinsworkshop.com/summer-camp.

Einstein’s Workshop also offers Good Friday and April Vacation Week programming at its Burlington location. Learn more at https://www.einsteinsworkshop.com/holidays-vacations/holidays-vacations.

What’s Happening at the Y – Summer Camps and Programs

Sign Up for Summer Camps!

All summer long, the West Suburban YMCA keeps kids engaged and safe with camp
programs. They inspire kids to work and play together, creating friendships that can last a
lifetime, and make sure all kids feel welcome and comfortable being themselves.
Registration is currently open for all WSYMCA summer camps! Sign up with a $100 deposit per session.

Day Camps – Weekly sessions, Monday-Friday, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm. Daily Swim lessons are included and extended care is available both in the morning and afternoon.

Camp Chickami is a traditional outdoor camp located in Wayland welcoming boys and girls ages 6-15. Bus transportation is available from the West Suburban YMCA and stops throughout Newton.

Camp Pikati, located at the West Suburban YMCA, welcomes kids between the ages of 3-15
years with a half-day option for our youngest campers (ages 3-4). Pikati campers enjoy weekly themes in the traditional camp program, or they can participate in Pikati Sports Camp.

Overnight Camp – Camp Frank A. Day is located in East Brookfield and welcomes boys and girls ages 7-15. Spanning 52 acres, Camp Frank A. Day has direct lake access with a beachfront, athletic fields, modern cabins, basketball courts, climbing towers and all the
facilities needed to run a fun and safe summer camp.

For more information on summer camps contact campings@wsymca.org, or call 617-244-
6050 x3008.

Summer Sessions from the YCCA (Ages 12 and up)

Summer Sessions is a one-of-a-kind collaborative summer music program where participants write and record their own songs over the course of two weeks.

Participants will build and improve upon the creative skills of songwriting, filming, audio
engineering, video editing, production, and instrumental or vocal performance while creating a complete, professional project featured on Spotify!

Session 1: July 2nd – 13th
Session 2: July 16th – 27th
Session 3: July 30th – August 10th
Session 4: August 13th – 24th

For more information, contact Kevin O’Connell at kevino@wsymca.org or 617-244-6050
x3208.

Financial Assistance is always available for Y Memberships and Programs

The West Suburban YMCA is a non-profit charitable organization and it is our mission to never turn anyone away due to their inability to pay. Please contact the Membership Department at 617-244-6050 x3653 for financial assistance with membership or program participation.

Opera Camp: How to Create an Opera

VOICES Boston and Boston Lyric Opera are offering Opera Camp to singers entering 3rd-6th grade in the 2018-2019 school year.

Learn the process of creating an opera and try each step along the way! In the spirit of Boston Lyric Opera’s commitment to new works and BLO Education’s use of the Music! Words! Opera! curriculum, they want to hear youth voices. Through this hands-on opera day camp, facilitated and coached by experienced educators, youth will create an original opera “pitch” to present to BLO staff, including a sample of original music, story, libretto, staging and design concepts. For more information, contact Kalee at kburrows@voicesboston.org

Cost: $600 per student. $100 deposit to register
Registration Deadline: May 1st
Register by following this link: https://www.tfaforms.com/4663418

Camp dates July 30th – August 3rd, 9:30 am – 4:30 pm

Donor Will Match $25,000 for Calculus Project in March!

The Calculus Project at Newton’s middle and high schools is closing the achievement gap in higher-level mathematics. Newton Schools Foundation is honored for the third consecutive year to have a very generous donor who will match up to $25,000 in contributions from the community to the Calculus Project during the month of March.

The Calculus Project has been transformational for Newton students. Since the program’s 2013 launch, enrollment growth in higher-level mathematics among traditionally underrepresented student groups has been significant:
• Hispanic student enrollment has increased 70 percent.
• African-American student enrollment has tripled.
• Low-income student enrollment has increased nine-fold!

Additionally, the enrollment rate of Calculus Project 9th graders in honors math exceeds that of total Newton Public Schools 9th graders, and is nearly twice the rate of 9th graders who were eligible for The Calculus Project but did not participate.

Here’s how the program works: Students selected to participate in the Calculus Project attend intensive small-group summer classes to preview upcoming curriculum, boost their math skills, foster attitudes that support academic risk-taking and perseverance, and cultivate relationships among peers in the program.

The 2018 summer program includes instruction in Computer Science, field trips to STEM-related companies, and college campus visits for rising 11th graders with a focus on STEM majors and careers, During the school year, students receive mentoring and after-school academic support. The program also uses lessons and activities designed to improve self-perceptions about academic accomplishment. Currently serving 138 students, the Calculus Project will reach full scale next year with five cohorts of students in grades 8-12.

At a cost of $1,000 per student for a full year of programming, the Calculus Project’s success depends on a public-private partnership between the Newton Public Schools, private foundations and corporate donors, and the Newton community through donations to Newton Schools Foundation. To learn more about this innovative program that’s making a meaningful impact for Newton students, or to make a donation, visit www.NewtonSchoolsFoundation.org.

Girls Take Charge

Girls Take Charge is a hands on leadership and empowerment program to help girls to become stronger self-advocates and values based team leaders. In the past 11 years this national award winning program has inspired and educated over 6,000 girls.

Girls Take Charge will take place at Simmons College this summer! Girls Take Charge is open to girls who are current 6th – 8th graders.

More information can be found at girlstakecharge.org and on this flyer.

Einstein’s Workshop Summer camp

New this year, Einstein’s Workshop is offering six weeks of their favorite camp programs at Zervas Elementary for children entering grades K-6. Half day, full day, and extended day options available! Students will have the benefit of a highly-rated classroom experience as well as access to indoor and outdoor playspace.

Einstein’s Workshop Summer Camps provide a wide range of STEM programming for children in grades K-9 at their Newton and Burlington locations. With over 30 unique camp offerings, they have options in Robotics, Coding, Making & Inventing, and Game Learning! Guided by seasoned instructors, campers will participate in guided lessons and exploratory challenges designed to encourage education, curiosity, and personal growth.

For more information or to register, please see www.einsteinsworkshop.com/summer-camp. The “Newton” location is Zervas.

Try the Y!

Free and open to all on Mondays throughout March. Just stop by the Y at 276 Church Street with a valid ID, and they’ll waive the regular guest fees.

Early Spring Programs

Registration for Early Spring Programs is open. Programs run February 26th –  April 15. Visit wsymca.org to register online or stop by the Y’s Welcome Center at 276 Church Street, Newton, MA.

  • ·Swim Lessons for all ages
  • Youth Sports Leagues & Classes – New Teen Basketball League, Flag Football, Soccer and Karate
  • Private Music Lessons and Rock Band Program
  • Personal Training
  • New! Kids Yoga and Dance Classes

Just for Teens

The West Suburban YMCA offers a safe space for teens to connect with the YMCA community and build relationships with their peers. Drop in to open Rec Time on weeknights, Monday-Thursday from 6:00 – 9:00 pm to spend time with friends or make new ones while playing table games, board games, and Wii! Teens who are looking to make healthy changes or develop fitness goals are invited to try the Y’s Teen Fit program, Monday-Friday from 3:30 – 4:30 pm. To learn more, contact Youth & Teen Program Director, Jeremy Smith at jeremys@wsymca.org.

Sign Up for Summer Camps!

All summer long, the West Suburban YMCA keeps kids engaged and safe with camp programs. They inspire kids to work and play together, creating friendships that can last a lifetime, and make sure all kids feel welcome and comfortable being themselves. Registration is currently open for all WSYMCA summer camps! Sign up with a $100 deposit per session.

  • Day Camps – Weekly sessions, Monday-Friday, 9:00 am –4:00 pm. Daily Swim lessons are included and extended care is available both in the morning and afternoon.
  • Camp Chickami is a traditional outdoor camp located in Wayland welcoming boys and girls ages 6-15. Bus transportation is available from the West Suburban YMCA and stops throughout Newton.
  • Camp Pikati, located at the West Suburban YMCA, welcomes kids between the ages of 3-15 years with a half-day option young campers (ages 3-4). Pikati campers enjoy weekly themes in the traditional camp program, or they can participate in Pikati Sports Camp.
  • Overnight Camp – Camp Frank A. Day is located in East Brookfield and welcomes boys and girls ages 7-15. Spanning 52 acres, Camp Frank A. Day has direct lake access with a beachfront, athletic fields, modern cabins, basketball courts, climbing towers and all the facilities needed to run a fun and safe summer camp.

For more information on summer camps, come to the Y on March 3rd,  12:00 – 2:00 pm, contact campings@wsymca.org, or call 617-244-6050 x 3008.

Summer Sessions from the YCCA (Ages 12 and up)

Registration is open for the West Suburban YMCA Center for the Creative Arts (YCCA) Summer Sessions – a one-of-a-kind collaborative summer music program where participants write and record their own songs.

Participants will build and improve upon the creative skills of songwriting, filming, audio engineering, video editing, production, and instrumental or vocal performance while creating a complete, professional project featured on Spotify!  For more information, contact Kevin O’Connell at x 3208.

Session 1: July 2–13
Session 2: July 16–27
Session 3: July 30–August 10
Session 4: August 13–24

Kids’ Night Out (Ages 7-13) –  March 2nd, 6:00 – 10:00 pm

The West Suburban YMCA invites parents to bring their children to the Y for a fun and supervised Friday night program. Children will enjoy pizza for dinner and engage in games, swimming, movies and sports! Kids’ Night Out is held on the 1st Friday of each month. For more information, contact the Y’s Youth & Teen Services Director, Jeremy Smith at jeremys@wsymca.org.

Poetry and Open Mic Night –  March 2nd, 7:00 – 9:00 pm

Free and open to the public! Organized by Barbara Helfogtt-Hyett, of Poemworks.com, listen to local poets and sign up for the open mic portion of the evening to share your poetry. Featuring live music from YCCA musicians. This events repeats on the first Friday of each month.

Financial Assistance is always available for Y Memberships and Programs

The West Suburban YMCA is a non-profit charitable organization and it is our mission to never turn anyone away due to their inability to pay. Please contact our Membership Department at 617-244-6050 x 3653 for financial assistance with membership or program participation.

Girls Who Code Summer Immersion Program Info Session

Are you a current 10th or 11th grade girl looking for a meaningful summer experience honing your coding skills and learning new ones? If so, join this information session about the Girls Who Code (GWC) Summer Immersion Program, a free, 7-week experience for girls to learn the computer science skills they need to make an impact in their communities and be competitive in the job market of the future.

No prior experience or participation with GWC necessary to apply for the summer program. Stipends are available based on need. Early decision applications are due Feb. 16th; all applications are due March 16th.

GWC is a national nonprofit organization leading the movement to inspire, educate and equip girls with the computing skills to pursue 21st-century opportunities. The information session is for current 10th and 11th graders and their adults or anyone who would like to know more about the GWC Summer Immersion Program. No registration necessary.

February 12th, 7:00 – 8:00 pm
Newton Free Library, Druker Auditorium